Firefighters have welcomed the announcement of a parliamentary debate and vote on the controversial pension regulations the Westminster government plan to introduce for firefighters in England.
The debate, which the Fire Brigades Union and the Labour party have called for, will take place on Monday 15 December on the floor of the House of Commons.
Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “This is a chance to hold the government to account over an unworkable and unsustainable pension scheme that will see 60 year olds running into burning buildings to rescue people.
“The government have not resolved concerns around firefighter fitness. They expect 60 year olds to have the same fitness levels as those in their 20s. This will leave firefighters, who have risked their lives in public service, either facing the sack or a severely reduced pension.
“The government’s own evidence, in the Williams review, shows that two thirds (66%) of firefighters aged 55-60 won’t be able to meet the fitness standards required.”
After the debate a vote will be called on the floor of the House over these regulations. Parliamentary opposition to the legislation for the pension regulations has been growing, with 270 MPs supporting a ‘prayer’ (EDM 454) against them
Firefighters have so far secured the support of the Labour front bench, with Ed Miliband sponsoring EDM 454, as well as at least 19 Liberal Democrats – including president Tim Farron – who are now expected to vote against these proposals.
Firefighters from around the country are expected to attend Westminster on Monday to lobby MPs and listen to the debate.
The post Firefighters welcome Parliamentary debate on pensions appeared first on Fire Brigades Union.